The Last Warrior: Andrew Marshall and the Shaping of Modern American Defense Strategy
Andrew Krepinevich and Barry Watts. New York: Basic Books, 2015. 305 pp. Index. Notes. Illus. $29.99.
Reviewed by Mark D. Mandeles
In The Last Warrior, Andrew Krepinevich and Barry Watts provide an intellectual history of Andrew W. Marshall, the legendary national-security analyst who, from his position as the Defense Department’s Director of Net Assessment, reported directly to every defense secretary beginning with James Schlesinger in 1973. The Last Warrior examines the problems Marshall addressed as he matured, attended college, developed analytical approaches to diagnose ambiguous situations and phenomena, and honed a framework for national-security analysis at RAND, the National Security Council, and the Office of Net Assessment (ONA).